Day in history for January 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend John Kisler of Buffalo Prairie has brought the finest lot of hogs of the season to Rock Island. His 11 hogs, all 18 months old, averaged 361 pounds.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Charles Gray, who was the popular driver of one of Frink And Walker's stage coaches out of Rock Island in the 1850s, did not answer today when his friends said ``Good Morning, Charley,'' as he sat in his usual chair in the Maxwell House at Port Byron. He had died in his sleep in the chair.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Teams captained by Charles McHugh and Julius Junge held a clay and live bird shooting contest at Rock Island's 12th Street ball park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The enlarged South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island was dedicated.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Trusties at the Rock Island County Jail were routed out for an early morning mopping detail after a broken water pipe leaked water on the floor of two offices at the courthouse. A pipe in the third floor men's washroom had broken.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Beginning next month, you'll be talking with someone in Peoria when you call the operator for directory assistance in the Illinois Quad-Cities. As part of a state-wide consolidation, the local directory assistance office in Rock Island will be closed, Illinois Bell announced today. The office will continue to handle toll calls.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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